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What is Garcinia?

Garcinia is a fruit from a tree that is native to parts of India, Asia, Australia, tropical and southern Africa. The plants in this species are sometimes referred to as Mangosteens and Garcinia mangostana has recently become popular and a juice or extract from this fruit is marketed as Mangosteen or Purple Mangosteen.. The rind of Garcinia cambogia is used in curry. The discovery of high amounts of Hydroxy Citric Acid in the rind of Garcinia Cambogia led to its use in over the counter supplements for weight loss.

What is Garcinia Used For?

Hydroxy Citric Acid has been the subject of many laboratory studies producing results that indicated a potential for modulation of lipid metabolism. The extract is extremely bitter and it is known that bitter substances can assist in proper digestion.

Uses and Benefits of Garcinia


This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents of Garcinia

Hydroxy Citric Acid

Parts Used

  • Fruit rind

Important Precautions

Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

Additional Resources

Shara M, Ohia SE, Yasmin T, et al. (2003). Mol. Cell. Biochem. 254 (1–2): 339–46.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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